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Covid-19: Kenya Power loses Sh5bn in electricity sales due to pandemic

Kenya Power experienced a reduction of electricity sales to the tune of Sh5.6 billion in four months up to June. The company revealed that the loss is a result of the scaling down of operations by many businesses in response to the restrictions effected to curb the pandemic. The government banned public gatherings, closed schools and bars, and also imposed a night-time curfew which affected the operations of many businesses.

Speaking to the Senate Committee on Energy, CS Charles Keter intimated that the widespread interruption of commercial and industrial operations due to Covid-19 has downed the consumption of electricity, ”Between March and June 2020, electricity consumption is said to have decreased by about 14.8 per cent in proportion to a decrease in energy consumption by about 341 GWh.”

CS Keter also revealed that out of the company’s 7.1 million customer base, six million are domestic customers who consume less than 100 units of electricity.”About 90 per cent of Kenya Power revenue is from one million customers who are heavy commercial and SMEs”, said Keter.